Ex-JBL star Lewis hired by Lakers

Staff Report, AP

Larry Lewis, a standout forward for the JBL’s Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins from 1996-2001, was recently named a Los Angeles Lakers’ player development coach. Former Laker Mark Madsen was also appointed to the same position.

Lewis, a Morehouse College product, was an assistant coach and worked as head of player development the past two seasons for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers’ NBA Development League squad.

The 43-year-old’s playing career included stops in the Dominican Repubic, Great Britain, Cyprus, Spain, Argentina and the USBL. He was chosen by the CBA’s Albany Patroons in 1992. He helped Team USA nab a silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games.

In related news, Kurt Rambis has returned to the Los Angeles coaching staff as an assistant to D’Antoni, it was announced Monday.

The Lakers hired former NBA head coaches Rambis and Johnny Davis on Monday to fill out D’Antoni’s coaching staff for his second season with the club.